Novatan to make great-great-grandfather’s trip
By Tim Omarzu
When Jean-Francois de Buren was a kid growing up in Marin, he’d often thumb through his great-great-grandfather’s journal.
Penned in French, the old bound book details the two-year-long journey that Henri de Buren, a Swiss naturalist, made from 1852-1854 in the Americas.
The trip took de Buren, then in his late 20s, across Mexico on horseback, over the Andes mountains and down the Amazon River. He visited the United States, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Brazil.
Jean-François de Buren wants to retrace his great-great-grandfather’s footsteps and make a documentary film about the experience.